October 22, 2019
STUART, Iowa -- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has filed two (2) counts of Attempt to Commit Murder on A Peace Officer (Class B felony) against Randall Comly. The charges stem from the preliminary complaint alleging that Mr. Comly fired rounds at Guthrie County Deputy Kent Gries and Stuart Police Officer Tyler DeFrancisco, each of which were inside the apartment at 615 SW 7th Street, in Stuart on October 17.
During the exchange of gunfire inside the apartment, Deputy Jim Mink and Deputy Steven Henry were securing the perimeter of the property outside of the apartment, however, both deputies were stuck by gunfire that exited from inside the apartment. Preliminary investigation suggests the gunfire that struck Deputy Mink and Deputy Henry may have been fired by law enforcement officers inside the apartment as they returned fire on Randall Comly. Ballistic testing of the rounds that stuck the officers is pending. The investigation into exactly who fired the rounds is part of the ongoing investigation and it may take several weeks to have a definitive answer.
Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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